Sunday, April 27, 2014
Anyone who stops learning is old,
whether at twenty or eighty.
I have just completed my third project for Martha Pullen's online class for Teaching Beginning Sewing.
I completed the tote in about 3 hours, taking my time and enjoying the process.
The directions were easy to follow, and with lots of roomy pockets, this will be a fun and comfortable tote to carry.
I wanted to use fabrics from my stash, and knowing the school loyalties of the rest of my family, I decided to use this ugly navy and orange fabric.
I used Sally's Soft and Stable to give the tote some soft
body, and for the pockets I used Warm and Natural, which is not quite so firm. I liked the little polka dot for the lining and the footballs became the body of the tote. There are 3 deep pockets on either side of the lining.
After making the lining with pockets, the body of the tote, and the straps, it was just a matter of slipping the lining into the body and stitching the handles in place. This pattern is taken in slightly at the opening to give it a nice shape. I stitched around the top and added a large orange rickrack trim.
So now I have to find a nice crisp black and white hounds tooth check, and a pretty crimson to use for the lining. And after cleaning my Bernina I will stitch up another tote that I will be happy to carry!